The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take around 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is good? As spring arrives, it’s a perfect situation to assess your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days in the future and colder air absorbs a lower amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can take a toll on your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you catch a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we mentioned, cold air is drier and dry air can produce some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is lower, so they can’t do their task of cleaning out germs. This increases the possibility of coming down with an illness.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

In the Indian River County winter, you might see that your skin feels dry and itchy. Lack of humidity is the issue. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but investing in a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual issue.

Damages to Your Home

The lack of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air takes moisture from these items. You could even notice cracks in the walls and floors.

Watching for Dry Air

Although itchy skin and a continuous cold are signs that your indoor air is too dry, there are additional symptoms to keep an eye out for as well:

  • A notable increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems signify that it’s possibly time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We are here to lend a hand! Reach out to our indoor air professionals at Custom Air Systems Inc. You can call us at 772-571-1080, or set up an appointment with us online.

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